The Dancer excels in the art of performance, be it with entrancing motions or skillful sweeps of a sword. With a sense of grace, they can attack enemies alongside their comrades, as well as perform eloquent dances that boost the morale, as well as the prowess, of their comrades in the heat of battle. Their dances can even heal an ally's wounds during battle or cure them of any status ailment. The sword is their greatest comrade, but their various dances are their greatest asset.
Akin to Troubadours in the first two games, Dancers can wield swords and bows, have a relatively even stat spread, and support the party with buffs and healing through their Tango and Waltz skills. Unlike Troubadours, their buffs apply to themselves but will constantly check the line they are on, allowing a Dancer to shift back and forth between the rows to lend their aid to whoever needs it on demand. Offensively, they specialize in making many normal attacks at once through the use of their Samba skills and Sword Dance allowing them to abuse additional effects granted by a weapon's forge effect. They are also the only class to affect the Burst Gauge, with their Dance Mastery speeding up the rate at which the Burst Gauge fills and Burst Saver allowing them to retain some of the Burst Gauge when using a Burst skill.
- Strengths: Great ability to support, buff, and heal. Buffs do not consume slots on other party members, and best source of removing ailments and binds.
- Weaknesses: Meager damage capability.
Subclasses for DancerEdit
Dancers have fairly limited subclassing options due to their role and how they work; the ones viable for them, however, can prove to be excellent with good execution. Some subclass examples are:
- Nightseeker: Blade Flurry and Follow Trace have wonderful synergy with Sword Dance and Mist Dance and are excellent for stuns and and extra hits, especially if triggered off their own Chase Samba and Rush Dance.
- Sniper: The Dancer's Chase skills combined with Sword Dance results in the Dancer attacking multiple times. Bullseye will increase the critical chance, resulting in a Dancer landing more critical hits as they follow up on their allies. Backrow Dancers can also take up a bow to utilize the Sniper's offensive skills and unleash a flurry of arrows with their normal attack.
- Medic: Recommended if you're going for Waltzes more than other dance skills, as subclassing a Medic increases their healing effectiveness and grants them other ways of good support, their speed will allow a quick Full Heal or Revive in cases of emergency and also grant a nice TP Boost. The Dancer's respectable Tec growth also lets the other healing spells work well.
- Bushi: If you want to improve Dancer's offensive abilities in raw damage output, you can opt for a Bushi subclass. Blood Surge/Deep Breath and their excellent passives will allow you to pack some great numbers in damage and will net you a bit of HP/TP thanks to the aforementioned skills. Ferocity paired with multiple hits from Sword Dance can allow a Dancer to rapidly regain HP, and Endure shakes off a lethal blow to keep the Dancers going.
Dancers as SubclassEdit
Dancers offer a flexible array of support skills for both healers and attackers - various classes can choose to focus on entirely different lines of skills despite all of them holding a Dancer subclass.
- Nightseekers synergize Sword Dance and Mist Dance with their Blade Flurry passive, allowing them to rack up 2 to 8 normal attacks in one go. This damage can only go higher if any of their weapons can inflict ailments. Note that Foul Mastery and the Nightseeker class skills don't trigger off stunning or stunned enemies. Attack Tango can also be thrown in to increase damage. Just be mindful that Fan Dance doesn't stack with Speed Boost in either class' skill tree.
- Fortresses gain several support skills off Regen/Refresh/Freedom Waltz, allowing them to provide passive healing on turns where they don't need to defend the party. Fan Dance offers a great boost to evasion, and when combined with the Fortress' Guard Mastery, results in a Fortress negating more damage when they throw up a Party Shield against an area attack.
- Medics gain the use of Refresh/Freedom Waltz that can let them constantly shake off debilitating binds and ailments, up to the feared petrify, and allow them to save time that would be otherwise spent on Refresh or Recovery. Regen Waltz combined with their class skills and Heal Mastery allows them to passively heal their line, allowing them to focus their attention on the other half of the party and save TP by using Line Heal. Speed Boost also offsets the low speed of their healing skills.
- If anything, Bushi pick up Dancer only for Sword Dance to multiply the number of normal attacks they can execute in a turn. When combined with their class skill and Ferocity, Bushi gain the capability to rapidly regenerate HP and TP, offsetting the draining effects of Blood Surge. Fan Dance also proves helpful in dramatically raising their evasion, mitigating the damage they take.
|Proficiency||Make all dances last one turn longer.||Class||-----|
|Regen Waltz||Your line recovers HP at the end of a turn for 3 turns.||Dance Skill||-----|
|Refresh Waltz||Your line recovers from ailments at the end of a turn for 3 turns.||Dance Skill||Regen Waltz Lv3||Level to reduce cost.|
|Attack Tango||Your line's physical attack power is increased for 3 turns.||Dance Skill||-----|
|Guard Tango||Your line's physical defense is increased for 3 turns.||Dance Skill||Attack Tango Lv3|
|Counter Samba||Chance of attacking when an enemy strikes your line for 3 turns.||Dance Skill||-----||Level to also increase damage and accuracy of counterattacks.|
|Chase Samba||Follow up attacks by allies on your line for 3 turns.||Dance Skill||Counter Samba Lv3||Level to also increase chase damage and accuracy.|
|Fan Dance||Increases your evasion rate.||Passive Skill||-----||Does not stack with Speed Boost.|
|Mineralogy||Greater chance of finding extra minerals when mining.||Passive Skill||-----|
|Expertise||Make all dances last an additional turn longer.||Class Skill||Proficiency|
|Freedom Waltz||Removes binds for your line at the end of a turn for 3 turns.||Dance Skill||Refresh Waltz Lv1||Level to reduce cost.|
|Healing Step||Restores some HP to the entire party when dancing a Waltz.||Dance Skill||Freedom Waltz Lv2|
|Energy Tango||The TP cost of skills is decreased for your line for 3 turns.||Dance Skill||Guard Tango Lv1|
|Wide Dance||Used during Tango. Last Waltz/Tango/Samba affects all allies this turn.||Dance Skill||Energy Tango Lv2|
|Trick Samba||Allies in your line will follow up your attacks for 3 turns.||Dance Skill||Chase Samba Lv1||Level to also increase chase damage and accuracy.|
|Rush Dance||Used during Samba. You will follow up all allies' attacks this turn.||Dance Skill||Trick Samba Lv2||Level to increase number of chases, accuracy and damage.|
|Sword Dance||Chance of performing multiple attacks when performing a normal attack.||Passive Skill||Fan Dance Lv3||Level to also raise maximum number of hits.|
|Burst Saver||Chance of expending 1 less Burst gauge when you use a Burst Skill.||Passive Skill||-----|
|Lucky Chef||Increases LUC gains from cooked food.||Sky Skill||-----|
|Enlightenment||Make all dances last an additional turn longer.||Class Skill||Expertise|
|Quick Step||Select an ally you wish to act first at the beginning of a turn.||Special Skill||-----||Level to reduce cost.|
|Beat Dance||When you dance a Waltz, Tango, and Samba, entire party attacks 1 enemy.||Dance Skill||-----||Level to increase accuracy and damage. Damage by each member depends on their stats.|
|Dance Mastery||While Waltz, Tango, or Samba is in effect, the Burst Gauge fills faster.||Passive Skill||Beat Dance Lv3|
|Speed Boost||Increases your action speed, hit rate, and evasion rate.||Passive Skill||-----||Does not stack with Fan Dance; also does not raise evasion.|
|Mist Dance||Chance of stunning an enemy when performing a normal attack.||Dance Skill||Sword Dance Lv3|
Dancers are relatively thin, due to their heartfelt dances during battles. They tend to wear flashy, sometimes even gaudy, clothing that are light in weight. They're agile, commonly the first to act in battle, and relatively powerful despite their thin structure.
- The female portrait with pink hair and tails looks very similar to one of the female troubadours with similar hairstyle and face in Etrian Odyssey and Etrian Odyssey 2.
- It's likely that Dancers are the successors of the Troubadour and Prince classes.
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